FROM PICKED LAST IN GYM TO PERSONAL TRAINER
My journey to becoming a Personal Trainer was, well, “the road less travelled.” I didn’t grow up playing sports or classify as having an “athletic background.” My idea of a killer workout doesn’t include grunting and screaming (but, it’s totally cool if yours does).
Why, then, did I become a Personal Trainer, and why do I love it? To give you a better picture, I'll introduce you to my mom, Barb. She’s was the initial reason I chose a career in health and fitness.
Barb took control to educate and challenge herself to improve her fitness and nutrition habits. In doing so, she lost 100 pounds and gained a new sense of self in the process.
My mom's transformation is what planted the seed, being picked last in gym class is what keeps me growing (excuse the cheesiness haha).
Growing up I never felt like I was fit enough, or strong enough, or masculine enough. Little by little, being in the gym has allowed me to gain confidence and independence within myself.
With each goal achieved I felt more and more certain of my capabilities. All I want to do is make my clients feel the same way. I want to show others out there like myself, who have never excelled athletically, who feel inadequate in the gym, and who just don’t feel like that are enough, that they are just that: enough.
I have been a full time Personal Fitness Trainer since 2011, training over 10,000 client sessions, after earning a diploma at NAIT and a Nutrition Coaching Certification with Precision Nutrition and a training certification through the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology.
Throughout my career thus far, I have had the pleasure of contributing articles to YEG Fitness, The Fitness Informer, Fitdirectory.ca, as well as my own blog, here. I have had the honour of being voted alongside other professionals as "Top Trainers in Edmonton" for consecutive years by YEG Fitness readers and co-founded the Rising Strong Wellness Retreat. I also squashed my nerves long enough to speak to health professionals for the Alberta Fitness Unit.